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BA in Archaeology, History, and Literature of Ancient Greece

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
October 2022

October 2023

October 2024

Program description

BA in Archaeology, History, and Literature of Ancient Greece

A four-year BA program taught in English, devoted to the study of Greek Antiquity. The program is offered by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (based in its School of Philosophy).

Aimed at international students, it offers a unique opportunity to study the culture of ancient Greece while acquiring first-hand knowledge of some of Greece's most important archaeological monuments and sites, such as the Athenian Acropolis and the Parthenon, Delphi, and Olympia.

The program includes courses in Greek archaeology, ancient Greek history and literature, and modern Greek. With an academic tradition of more than 180 years, the two collaborating Institutions guarantee a high-quality undergraduate program, based on experiential learning and offering both systematic disciplinary knowledge and critical and creative thinking skills.

Admission requirements

*The program is available to international students

  • It is suitable for high school graduates with an interest in the ancient world and its cultural and intellectual achievements; also, for anybody who wishes to acquire a broad liberal education with an emphasis on original and avant-garde thinking.
  • International Baccalaureate or Senior High School Graduation Certificate (indicative average grade: 70% or equivalent).

Certificate of competency in English:

  • ITOEFL: Overall score of 88 or above, with at least 17 in Listening, 17 in Writing, 18 in Reading, and 20 in Speaking.
  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in each component.

Student Visa

No visa is required for studies to enter Greece if you possess a valid passport from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Applicants from countries outside the Schengen zone need a student visa. The length of time needed to acquire a student visa differs from country to country. Applicants are encouraged to communicate, as soon as possible, with the Greek Embassy in their country for information on the procedure and also on the time needed for the conclusion of the process. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to submit, as soon as possible. 

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Program content

The program offers a wide-ranging degree devoted to Classical Greek culture. Students have the opportunity to study the archaeological monuments and the history of Greece. They familiarize themselves with the ancient Greek language through the systematic examination of important ancient texts. The curriculum includes a number of classes in Modern Greek. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to think both critically and imaginatively, write well-structured essays, as well as interpret complex sets of data.

The four years are divided into eight semesters.

  • The first year offers a number of foundation courses in the history and culture of ancient Greece, as well as an introduction to the methodology of the respective academic fields of archaeology, history and philology.
  • The second and third years are devoted to the systematic study of ancient Greece
  • The fourth year offers a range of specialized courses and seminars.

On-site classes and field trips

Most courses include on-site classes and/or hands on instruction at the University Museum of Archaeology and History of Art, as well as many archaeological sites and museums in Athens and its vicinity. Special one- or two-day field trips may also be organized within specific courses and extended field trips to major Greek archaeological sites and museums (Crete; Santorini; Macedonia etc) are also offered as part of the curriculum.

Excavation work

In the course of their studies, students are introduced to archaeological excavation theory and practice at the University Excavation in Marathon or the excavation at the site of Trapeza (Neon Rysion – Kardia) in Northern Greece, undertaken by the International Hellenic University.

Scholarships & funding

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens offers six (6) Merit Scholarships of Eur 10000 to students who wish to pursue the “BA program in the Archaeology, History, and Literature of Ancient Greece”, starting in fall 2020.

We are looking for students who are highly motivated and committed, and will benefit from our support to fully develop their potential. These Excellence Awards are offered to assist high caliber individuals who have a strong motivation to develop their studies in the Ancient Greek History and Culture.

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Tuition fees

6,000 Euros per academic year, to be paid in two installments, by late August and late January. A deposit may be required in order to secure a place in the program.

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National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Officially founded in April 14th, 1837, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) is the first University not only of Greece but also in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean region. Consistently ranked among the top universities worldwide, NKUA...

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National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

30 Panepistimiou st.
10679 Athens Attica

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